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Carnatic musician uses Indonesian instrument

D.Radhakrishnan
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The Anghklung is a rattle instrument made of bamboo pipes

Innovation:Musicologist H.S..Anasuya Kulkarni with her instrument Anghklung.-Photo: Special arrangement
Innovation:Musicologist H.S..Anasuya Kulkarni with her instrument Anghklung.-Photo: Special arrangement

With the centenary celebrations of the Lawley Institute – a landmark institution on the Government Botanical Garden road here – now in progress, many tourists and residents of this hill station got a chance to witness a cultural programme featuring an instrument which had hitherto not been seen here.

Called the Anghklung, it was a traditional Indonesian rattle instrument made of bamboo pipes. Played by Carnatic musician and musicologist H.S.Anasuya Kulkarni, the instrument which had been suitably altered to meet her requirements thrilled the audience.

While hopping from one place to another as the wife of Narayan Kulkarni, a serving officer of the United Nations, she had taken a fancy to the instrument in Indonesia.

After carrying out several improvements, she christened her instrument, Ankrang.

Addressing the gathering the Convenor, Indian National Trust for Art, Culture and Heritage (INTACH), the Nilgiris, and Trustee of the institute Geetha Srinivasan, said that music is a universal language which has no barriers. The institute would continue to play an active role in the social and cultural life of the Nilgiris. The, Chairman, Centenary Celebrations Committee, T.Gundan, welcomed the gathering.

The former Governor of Tamil Nadu P.S.Ram Mohan Rao also spoke. Ramalingam proposed a vote of thanks.


  • Anasuya Kulkarni had taken a fancy to the instrument while staying in Indonesia

  • The instrument, which she had altered to suit her requirements, thrilled the audience


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